For many, while still a ways to go, this move represents a breakthrough in the way LGBT issues are discussed within the church:
London-based QUEST, one of the oldest Catholic gay rights groups, said in a statement that parts of the synod document "represent a breakthrough in that they acknowledge that such unions have an intrinsic goodness and constitute a valuable contribution to wider society and the common good."
What this leaves behind, however, is those who have hidden behind their Catholicism in order to back anti-rights amendments.
“According to the majority of this very Supreme Court in the Windsor decision, states and their citizens have the right and responsibility to define their marriage laws. It is shocking that at least six Supreme Court justices would allow unelected lower court judges to simply ignore the majority decision – and the Section of DOMA upheld in the Windsor decision.
“The only alternative to allowing these unelected liberal judges to impose their morality on all of America is to pass a constitutional amendment. To that end, last year I introduced the Marriage Protection Amendment (HJ Res. 51) to define marriage as only between one man and one woman.
While house representatives continue to fight, the church to which they belong is looking to make changes on how to grow their flock.
Quite an earthquake today.
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